Are you looking for fun activities in Amsterdam? Then this useful list with Amsterdam Red Light District things to do is for you! This top 15 list contains a lot of places and activities that you normally would miss when visiting the Red Light District.
Take yourself to the beating heart of old Amsterdam and be caught up in a whirlwind of sights, sounds and experiences you won’t soon forget. As one of Europe’s most iconic nightlife destinations, Amsterdam Red Light District offers an astonishingly vibrant cultural setting that is steeped in history. From coffee shops to theaters, pubs and brothels, tourists, expats, and business travelers alike can expect to find multiple attractions within close distance of each other. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner spot or simply want to explore something unique – there’s plenty to entertain everyone! Here are 15 fun things you must do while visiting the notorious area:
Amsterdam’s Red Light District has such a rich and diverse history that you simply can not grasp it by just walking around. Get to know this area with an amazing audio tour.
Learn everything about legal sex work. Hear about window prostitution, negotiations-processes, safety measures, laws, local prices and whatnot. Discover the Amsterdam Audio Stories app. It offers an GPS guided audio tour hosted by a virtual guide AND 22 experts. One of the experts is even a sex worker.
Nowadays, this is only way to get Red Light District tour. The municipality of Amsterdam has recently banned Red Light District tours with a group and tour guide. Fortunately, this app is here! Download it today and discover De Wallen with the best experts in your pocket.GET THE APP >
The Oudezijds Achterburgwal at night.
This Amsterdam Audio Tours App allows you to experience a GPS-guided tour in the Red Light District independently, affordable and at any time. All you need is a smartphone!
Amsterdam Audio Tours included stories of almost 2 hours from 22 experts, plus a virtual tour guide, GPS and dozens of photos. Listen to interesting information from real prostitutes, police officers, historians, locals, sexologists, entrepreneurs and many others.
Press play and turn your sound on! The Fokkens twins – who worked as prostitutes for 50 years – are two of the 22 experts in the Amsterdam Audio Tours app. This clip gives an idea what our app is all about.
Amsterdam Audio Tours cost 5 euro and can be listened in the Red Light District or at home as a podcast.GET THE APP >
A view from the Old Church Tower.
This is one of the best kept secrets of the Amsterdam Red Light District! Even most locals don’t know that this is possible. The Old Church – in the middle of the Red Light District – has two entrances. A main entrance that gives access to the large and special ‘Oude Kerk’. And an entrance for the tower part. Most people only visit the Oude Kerk, but do not know that they can also climb the Old Church Tower.
Experience a beautiful panoramic view over the oldest part of Amsterdam. During this half hour tour an expert explains everything about Amsterdam’s oldest building: The Old Church.
Be advised that you’ll have to climb a lot of stairs to get to the top, but we believe the climb is definitely worth it! The tour costs € 8,50 per person. They are open April till October. Monday through Saturday, from 1 pm till 7 pm. A reservation isn’t possible for this tour.
Visit their website for more details: Old Church Tour. Of all the Amsterdam Red Dight district things to do, this one is high on our list – mainly because of the beautiful view at the top of the building.
The Amsterdam 5D Cinema on the Oudekerksplein.
With the invention of internet porn many in Amsterdam’s Red Light District believed that porn cinema’s were a thing of the past. This 5D porn cinema proved them wrong! It’s a world first for the City of Amsterdam. Besides the 3D porn movie this cinema also has many special effects and also moving chairs. How all these elements combine with a fun and slightly erotic movie, which takes place in the Red Light District, we’ll leave up your fantasy! This is one fun experience you cannot miss out on during your visit of this area.
Fun fact: The 5D Porn Cinema is located next to the Old Church, a day-care and many window brothels.BUY TICKETS >
Ons Lieve Heer op Solder – a hidden church in the Red Light District.
The Our Lord in the Attic Museum is a uniquely preserved seventeenth-century house dating back to the Dutch Golden Age. After exploring the original interior of a 17th-century house you’ll end up in the attic of the building, where you’ll find an entire hidden Catholic church. Back in 1663 it was prohibited to celebrate mass, however the Dutch authorities turned a blind eye. This building is the perfect symbol of Dutch tolerance throughout the last five centuries.BUY TICKETS >
Founded by one of Holland’s most important cannabis pioneers.
The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Amsterdam is the most important and oldest museum in the world dedicated to just Cannabis Sativa L, the plant that is probably most known as hemp or marijuana. Inside you’ll find exhibits and a unique collection about all the aspects of cannabis. The museum also functions as a knowledge center and facilitates scientific research. This museum plays a serious and informative part in the world of cannabis.
The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum was founded by one the most important cannabis pioneers in the Netherlands: Ben Dronkers. He is also the CEO of Sensi Seeds – a successful company that sells seeds of cannabis.BUY TICKETS >
Cafe De Prael has its own beer brewery.
Instead of visiting the famous Dutch Heineken Experience, just pay a visit to brewery De Prael Amsterdam in the Red Light District. This is a great local brewery that makes all kind of delicious beers. De Prael offers a tour through their operational brewery. This Amsterdam Red Light District things to do cost € 8,50 per person and includes a delicious pale beer. There is also an option to do the tour with four beers for those who want a little more buzz. For contact information visit the website of De Prael Amsterdam.
World’s first stock exchange on the Beursplein in Amsterdam.
Did you know that the first stock exchange in the world was built right here in Amsterdam? The back of the building can even been seen from the Warmoesstraat – in the Red Light District. What better way is there to learn more about stock exchanges than getting a guided tour about it in the city that started it all? At the Amsterdam Stock Exchange they offer tours every first Wednesday of the month. However, some months they offer the tour more frequently, check the schedule on the Amsterdam Exchange Experience website for availability and reservation.
Right in the middle of all the action in the Red Light District you’ll find one of the great arcade game experiences of Amsterdam. Play some classic boardgames, have a few (local) drinks, try air hockey, play pac-man and other classic arcade games. A great place to start a night out or to simply play around for a while. More details: Ton Ton Club Amsterdam.
Wanna try real Dutch food? Get some herring with pickles and unions in Amsterdam. Preferably in the Red Light District – on the Zeedijk street – in the typical Dutch shop called “Amsterdamsche Visch Handel”. This shop is super small. It doesn’t even have a counter. The fish is only presented in the display window of the shop. Their kibbeling is also delicious!
Kokopelli – one of smart shops in Amsterdam.
Okey, this tip is not for everyone. But it is something that is legal in Amsterdam. So for those who want to know more about this: Kokopelli is Amsterdam’s first smart shop. A smart shop is a place that sells Magic Truffels among others. This is a legal psychedelic drug that keeps you high for about 4 hours. Kokopelli is the place in the Red Light District if you’re interested in doing a little mind-exploration. Here at Kokopelli, they look to offer safe experiences to their customers and to provide good and reliable information about their products. In the back they have a space to relax. The lounge has a beautiful view over the water and the Damrak. The lounge is supurbly decorated and painted.
15 grams of Magic Truffels (a.k.a. Magic Mushrooms) go for around € 18,50 and is enough for 2/3 persons. Be sure to check out this unique place, even if you don’t want to use anything.
The owner of Kokopelli – Veronique Verschueren – can also be heard in our new Amsterdam Audio Tour. In it, she explains everything about magic truffels, the Dutch drug policy and the history of smart shops in Amsterdam. Super interesting!
The pink elephant is Casa Rosso’s logo.
A visit to Amsterdam’s Red Light District isn’t complete with a visit to a live sex show. Our advice: Check out Casa Rosso Amsterdam. They have been doing live on stage sex shows for over 50 years now. Everybody in Amsterdam recognises their famous pink elephant logo. Casa Rosso has the largest sex show theatre in town with a total of 184 seats, eight different acts, a bar and even a balcony.BUY TICKETS >
World’s first condom store displays dozens of condoms in the shop window.
The idea for the world’s first condom shop arrived at the start of the new HIV AIDS epidemic. The now owners of the shop realised that good sexual huigene and use of condoms would now become essential. Condoms were already available everywhere but there was a general lack of information and choice. The time had arrived for a specialised condom shop with quality service, information and of course a large collection of unique condoms. Great place to take a selfie, learn about safe sex and to get a souvenir.
Casa Blanca is an old and established Jazz Cafe in Amsterdam – located on the Zeedijk street. Since 1946 people have been dancing here to jazzy grooves. A new edition to the program are karaoke nights every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
In our opinion this one of the best karaoke bars in Amsterdam. The crowd is well mixed and the vibes are good! Check the massive list of song options and leave a note for the DJ. When it’s your turn step on stage and dazzle the crowd! (or not). Singing karaoke is really fun to do during a date in Amsterdam.
One of the first gay-bars in town.
Cafe ‘t Mandje is located on the Zeedijk at number 63. The pub openend its doors in 1927 and it became the first gay friendly pub in Amsterdam. Other gay bars existed before that time in Amsterdam but they only catered to homosexuals or lesbians. t’ Mandy was new in letting all the people of Amsterdam mingle together and have a good time without prejudice. Experience the Dutch tolerance yourself and have a drink at this super cute, historic pub.
The Old Church Square in the Red Light District.
Amsterdam’s Red Light District history with drugs goes way back. Did you know that Amsterdam used to have its own, legal cocaine factory?
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